Prairie Post (West Edition)

Family of missing woman mourning their ‘shining light’

- ALBERTA NEWSPAPER GROUP

RCMP have confirmed the body found Oct. 24 near Coalhurst is that of missing Lethbridge woman Tia Blood and a man has been arrested and charged in relation to the investigat­ion.

The family of Tia Blood is rememberin­g her as a gentle person, a loving wife, mother and friend.

On Oct. 25, RCMP confirmed that a body discovered near Coalhurst earlier this week was that of the Lethbridge woman who had been missing since Oct. 19

RCMP say an autopsy was conducted at the Calgary Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Oct. 26and the deceased was identified as 34-year-old Tia Blood. They say the manner of death has been deemed inconclusi­ve and remains under investigat­ion.

On Oct. 26 police also released that they have charged 20-year-old Hunter Alexander Frank, of Lethbridge, after he was arrested in relation to the investigat­ion. He has been charged with offering an indignity to human remains and two counts of theft under $5000.

“It is believed that Tia passed away on the night of October 19 or sometime during October 20,” reads the release from the RCMP.

Members of the Lethbridge Police Service Criminal Investigat­ion Section, acting on informatio­n obtained during the missing persons investigat­ion, located the woman’s body on Monday near Range Road 225 and Township Road 92, southwest of Coalhurst, after which they transferri­ng the investigat­ion to the RCMP.

Police are looking to speak to anyone who may have seen a teal green tarp on the west side of Range Road 225, along the fence line, any time after Oct. 19.

The woman’s family released a statement Wednesday asking for the public to be respectful while they are grieving.

“This news has devastated our large and loving family. Tia was our shining light and words cannot describe how much she will be missed. She was a loving wife, a mother of two wonderful boys, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend to many. Tia was silly, non-judgmental, genuine, generous, loyal, dedicated and protective. She lived for her boys. She loved all children and was great with all of her relatives’ children. She was a good student, and she put people before herself. A gentle woman, she liked her sweets and liked to bake. Tia took care of her health and was prayerful.”

In their statement, the family pleaded with the public to refrain from speculatin­g about the circumstan­ces of Tia’s death.

“Please be mindful that our family is grieving. Any speculatio­n about the circumstan­ces surroundin­g her death are especially hurtful to our family. Please don’t take part in spreading rumours about our beloved Tia.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank our family, friends, volunteers, allies and our community of Kainai for the outpouring of prayers, love, donations and support. Your actions have helped us cope and given us strength.”

If you have any informatio­n regarding the disappeara­nce or death of Tia Blood, please contact the Coaldale RCMP at (403) 345-5552. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS), online at http://www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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